POSTED: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 12:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 1:59pm
From the Rusk County Sheriff's Department:
A Rusk County Sheriff's deputy discovers a load of marijuana during a routine traffic stop this week. Officials say Deputy Smith stopped an SUV on Hwy 59 North, in the southeast region of Rusk County, after he noticed the SUV had a defective license plate lamp. During the traffic stop, he noticed several things indicative of criminal activity. Deputy Smith asked the driver for consent to search the vehicle. The driver denied the consent to search, but Deputy Smith used his certified narcotics dog, Caro, to do a "free air" sniff of the vehicle.
Caro alerted on the vehicle, so Deputy Smith conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle based on the alert. Deputy Smith discovered two large duffle bags in the rear cargo area of the SUV. Inside the bags were numerous bricks of marijuana.
Deputy Smith seized the marijuana and charged the suspect with possession of marijuana. The total weight of the marijuana was 204.6 lbs, with an estimated street value of $100,000.
The suspect remains in Rusk County Jail awaiting arraignment.